Get ready to unleash your dogs because South Paws-adena Dog Park officially opens to the community on Saturday at 11 a.m. Join your local pet-owners for the ribbon cutting ceremony in the new dog park at 650 Stoney Drive with events for adults and children.
Events include Pet adoptions and licensing as well as inflatable jumpers and face painting for kids.
The original idea of a South Pasadena dog park was proposed by local residents who were not satisfied with the resources currently available for their pets. With plenty of pet owners living in apartments or houses with no room for their dog to roam, most attended local parks with their dogs.
However, since off leash play is prohibited, residents were limited to how they could play with and exercise with their dog. They then proposed the addition of the dog park to the Arroyo Park area to allow owners to safely play with their dogs without intimidating people who attend the other South Pasadena parks with their off-leash dogs.
The new dog park takes the place of what used to be a lot leased to Time Warner Cable as the hub site for their company’s television. Purchasing the lot and putting together the park was generously funded through a $232,000 grant from Supervisor Antonovich as well as donations from the City of South Pasadena Park Impact Fee, raising the final total to approximately $236,000.
For naming the park, Girl Scout Troop 11231 held a contest for local residents to vote back in January and February of 2015. The final name of South Paws-adena Dog Park was submitted by residents Zoe Rusch, Erin Flemming, and Zack Wacker. These residents will be recognized at the grand opening for their contribution.
In the park, there are two sections separating small and large dogs as well as obstacle courses and benches for locals to relax. This new park will allow community members and their dogs to freely socialize with others and get the exercise their dogs need without constantly worrying about keeping their dog on a leash.
Grab your dogs and head on over!
Victoria Venardi has joined the Review staff through the South Pasadena High School internship program.